How to Choose a Ceiling Lift
5 Tips for Choosing a Home Patient or Ceiling Lift
- Length of Time Required for Use
- Temporary or short-term: to aid in the recovery period or in a transition period of a person’s care strategy. A portable lift with track and 2 posts or patient lift may be a good choice in these situations. You may be able to rent the lifting system and purchase the sling.
- Long-term: installing a permanently fixed ceiling track with a permanent or portable ceiling lift is recommend for long term use. A portable lifting unit may be removed and used at other locations (such as a family cottage) if needed.
- Healthcare Advice
Consult an occupational or physical therapist or family physician to identify the requirements for the lift to suit the patient’s needs. An experienced ceiling/patient dealer would be able to recommend models that satisfy those needs. It is important to consider the current and future condition of the user when selecting a lift.
If you want to be able to use the lift in different rooms, or even take it with you for use in a different home, you will want to select a portable unit. A great portable lift will weigh less than 11 lb and will come with an easy carrying handle on the unit.
A true ceiling lift is installed on the ceiling. If your ceiling is not up the task – for example, you live in a rental in which you cannot install the track, or the ceiling is not strong enough to do so – you you will need to use a portable lift with an overhead stand (a track and 2 posts) instead. An installed ceiling track may even require a building permit, but a qualified dealer will know whether or not this is required.
- Space Considerations
A wheeled patient lift requires significant space to maneuver. Check the measurements of the lift to make sure you can move it where it needs to go. A portable ceiling lift requires minimal floor space for the overhead stand. An installed ceiling track does not take up any floor space and therefore is the most efficient lift for a residential setting